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My name is Kristi.

I am: A constant work in progress, a wife, a dog-mom, a lover of adventure, and an aspiring writer.

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I Am Grateful For...

I Am Grateful For...

Here in the good ol' USA, today is the official day of giving thanks. And what a wonderful day it is. 

Thanksgiving Day!

On this holiday, I always do a little bit of soul-searching, in order to truly reflect on all of the things that I have to be grateful for. I like to dig a little bit deeper than usual.

As fun as it is to gather with family and friends, and stuff your face with loads of delicious vegan food, that's not the main importance today. Today is a day to reach deep inside of yourself, and really focus on all of the wonderful things you have to be grateful for.

On this day of Thanksgiving, I have so much for which to be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving from Lifestyles of the Poor and Vegan!

I am grateful for my health. I'm not in perfect shape, but I can generally go about my day to day routine without a struggle. I know that I am fortunate in this aspect. 

I am grateful for my family. People whom I know I can count on to be there for me when I need them, whether it's for a word of advice or encouragement, or for help with a dead car battery. No matter what, I know that my family is only a phone call away, and that is something to truly be grateful for.

I am grateful for my friends. A wonderful group of people who make me laugh, who teach me new things, and who support me in all that I do. They, along with my family, accept me for who I am, and love me unconditionally. I cherish each and every one of them.

I am grateful for my dog, Suzie. The sweetest little ball of love that I have ever known. Every day I wake up, and she is just as excited as ever to play with her mama, to go for a ride in the car, or to simply snuggle next to me while I work. When I'm sick, she doesn't care about germs. She curls up on my lap, and stays with me until I feel better. She is my little angel, and I would be remiss if I didn't count her as one of my many blessings.

I have a warm, cozy home. My apartment is small, but it's bright, airy, and relaxing. It is my haven. I am grateful everyday for the opportunity to live somewhere as peaceful and comfortable as I do.

I am grateful to have a safe and reliable vehicle; A comfortable mode of transportation which brings me wherever my heart desires. Come sun, rain, or snow, I can get wherever I need to be in my little car. No muss. No fuss. No stress. 

I am grateful to be able to do the work I love. Cooking, writing, and sharing my stories with all of you. It has taken me a long time to get to this point, and I know that I have much to improve on, but I love waking up to a job that truly makes me happy. It's not always fun, and it's not always interesting. But it is always satisfying to be able to say, "I love my job!" And I wouldn't have it any other way.

I am grateful for the internet. Without it, I wouldn't be able to share recipes and photos with people on the complete opposite side of the world. I wouldn't be able to find inspiration with the click of a button. It's a magical place, and I am so grateful to have access to such an incredible resource.

I am grateful for veganism. About 8 months ago, I made the best decision of my life. I considered it for a long time, and when I finally pulled the trigger, I made one of the biggest, best decisions I've ever made. My life began changing in ways I never could have imagined. I have lost weight. I have felt less tired. I have had an enormous weight lifted off of me; The weight of a guilt that I never realized was hurting me so much. I feel closer to nature than I ever have. I feel more in tune with myself. I feel stronger. I feel like a whole new person. And I've been inspired to create something for myself; A new blog. A new career path. A new life, where the possibilities are endless.

And last but not least, I am grateful for my best friend in the entire world. The man who has been my partner in crime for the last 8 and a half years. He has taken care of me when I've been too sick to move. He has held my hand when I've been afraid. He has helped me face my fears. He has believed in me when I've been unable to believe in myself. He has supported me, counseled me, advised me, and loved me. He has stood firmly by my side through the good days, and the worst days. He has made me laugh, even through the tears. He has been honest, loyal, and understanding. He has inspired me to become the best version of me that I can be. We have gone through hell and back. Always together.  He is my best friend. He is my past, my present, and my future. Today, and every other day, I am beyond thankful to have such a truly wonderful person in my life. 

I have so much to be grateful for this year, and I hope that you do too! 

Give thanks today, and count your blessings. There is always something to be grateful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!




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